Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Decor with Creative Impressions

day, April 10, 2017


Easter Decor with Creative Impressions!

Easter is almost here!  If you are like me, you are wondering how you will decorate your table for Easter Brunch.  Well, it certainly couldn't be any easier with Creative Impressions embellishments!  Here are some ideas that I came up with:



First off, I am a big believer in recycling!  So...I always have quite the supply of canning jars as I use them for everything, not just canning!  With Easter almost here, why not  pull them out and use them as table decor with Easter candy inside!  Here is a close-up for the "Easter" jars:




Hopefully you can see that I put an Easter bunny chocolate in each one of the jars along with some chocolate eggs!  They HAVE to be chocolate, right?  I then found some white lids I had for them (you could use the regular lids too) and wrapped Creative Impressions Gingham ribbon around the lids of the smaller jars.  The center jar has the beautiful 1/2" Dot Ribbon wrapped around it.  I also took the bunny out of its box, wrapped it in plastic wrap and then tied a bow around its neck using the 1/2" Dot ribbon as well.

The matching "medallions" were super easy to make.  Find a large paper punch for the large jar and a smaller one for the others.  Punch two circles out of scrap card stock for each jar. Then cut lengths of ribbon to glue behind the first card stock circle.  You will cut single strips for the small ones (about three) and larger ones of the big jar.  Glue the Gingham ribbon strips to the back of the small circles, making sure that the ribbon is long enough to be seen on either side of the circle.  With the large medallion, you will cut two larger circles and longer strips that can be folded in half to make "bows" behind the card stock circle.  Now cut two longer strips of ribbon for the "tails" handing down from the bottom.  To finish, grab your Creative Impressions Felt, Shimmer and Mylar Blossoms and create flowers to place in the center of your medallion.  Don't forget to add a Butterfly Bling or Large Paper Fastener to the flower centers!  Adhere the second circle to the back to cover the ribbons and you're done!


Everyone at your Easter table needs a place card, right?  While mine cupcake here is fake, create some darling place card holders using cupcakes, etc. by creating a flower place card holder with a Mylar Blossom, Metallic Flower Clip and Mylar leaf held together with a Large Paper Fastener.  Adhere to a toothpick and insert into your cupcake, etc.  It is easy to write the person's name and attach to the clip!

Now everyone needs an Easter card as well!  Here are two examples of super easy cards using Creative Impressions Easter Egg Felt Shapes, 3/4" Crepe Ribbon and some small Felt Blossoms.


I created these two cards using paper scraps.  The one on the left uses three Pastel Egg Felt Shapes that I backed with some scrap patterned paper like this:


I cut out the egg shapes. arranged them to fit inside my basket (an old stamp I had), adhered foam tape around the basket so that everything would be at the same height and adhered to my stamped basket.



To finish the card I adhered the basket of eggs to my patterned paper background, die cut some grass from a Memory box die and adhered it over the top using foam tape and finally added an Easter greeting and some card stock layers.  I cut the bow part of the stamp away and added the perfect pink Crepe Ribbon bow and it was done!

For the second card I used two of the brighter color Felt Easter Egg Shapes and hid them behind some Memory Box grass.  I used the same sentiment on the card.  The final touch was adding some darling Small Felt Blossoms and paper Fasteners to the grass around the eggs.  Easy and beautiful cards!

Are you ready to decorate your table?  Pull out those Creative Embellishments and Ribbons, create some cards and table decorations and "wow" your guests!  It's not too late to order them if you don't have them!

Happy Easter to everyone!
Susan

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Go Wild with Animal Print Twills!

Hello everyone!  Looks like Spring has arrived here in the Rocky Mountain area and I'm ready for a visit to the zoo!

I have always been an avid recycler and I like to save beautiful images of animals from magazines instead of just throwing them in the recycling bin when I am done reading the magazine.   Now what do I do with them?  Creative Impressions has some beautiful Animal Print Twills which I knew would coordinate beautifully with my photos, so I decided to make some cards with them.



I started off by adhering the images to card stock for added strength.  Then I set to work making a variety of cards.

I was pretty happy with the basic cards, but they just needed something to make them pop!  Here is the before giraffe card I made with the sentiment "What's Up in Your Neck of the Woods?"


This card is cute, but just doesn't "pop".  Now let's add some Creative Impressions Giraffe Print Twill:


What a difference!  I am happy with the card now.

Now to create a card with a zebra.  I made a joy fold card:


Now the inside of the card:


Again, the card is a bit plain.  Here it is with the addition of the Zebra Print Twill, two Primary Metal Rounds and a black Mini Round.


Now the card is more interesting.

Finally, I made another joy fold card using a cheetah on the front.  Sorry I forgot to take a before picture.  I really love what the Cheetah Print Twill did for this card!



 I know all you animal lovers will tell me one image is a leopard and one is a cheetah....I love mixing them up and the twill goes well with both animals!

Next time you see some lovely images of wild animals in a magazine, don't throw them in the recycling bin!  Cut them out, adhere to card stock, make a lovely card and add some Creative Impressions Animal Print Twills!  Beautiful!

Happy crafting!
Susan







Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day Love

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Susan has created another project for us - this time a beautiful canvas using a variety of Creative Impressions Ribbons and Embellishments.


I started off with a plain white canvas and used paints to add some white, pink and grey touches to the background.  I knew that I wanted to leave the photo is black and white, so those colors complimented the picture well.


Then I took some of my favorite Web Ribbon (in Grey) and adhered it to the left side of the canvas with matte medium.  I also stamped two lovely borders onto a piece of tissue paper, using black ink.  I cut them out and adhered them to the canvas, also using matte medium.


Love that texture I get from the Web Ribbon!  Now it was time to add the photo.


At this point we need some color added to this piece.  I laid out several widths and colors of ribbon and ended up with this:


I used Creative Impressions Pink with Black Dots 1/2" Dot Ribbon and some Braided Ribbon.  They were both glued down using matte medium.  Once they were dry, I created a bow out of the Dot Ribbon and adhered it at the top left.



It is getting there, but not quite yet.  I added some small White Pearls in several places to the stamped border along with another piece of Braided Ribbon at the bottom of the photo with was threaded through a metal word band.  Now to add some sweet little white butterflies from the Soft Butterfly Assortment and some Pink Metallic Hearts threaded through White Mini Clips for a touch of bling and added color:


It still amazes me what a Big difference Small embellishments can make!  This was all this canvas needed to take it to beautiful!  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Susan

Friday, February 10, 2017

Vintage Valentines

Today I have two vintage Valentine cards to share with you using our Hearts Felt Shapes.  These shapes make it so easy to put together a last-minute card!



First up is a burgundy card using scrap patterned paper.  Once you have decided on the paper, cut 4 pieces approximately 1 3/4" x 2 " and adhere them in the corners of a cream card.  Then cut several narrow strips of burgundy card stock to place in the gaps between the cut pieces of patterned paper.  Finally, cut another piece of scrap paper slightly larger than the Heart Felt Shape, cut a mat slightly larger and adhere this piece to the center front of the card using foam tape.  Easy!



Now for the Pink Heart Felt Shape:


I went through my paper stash looking for the right paper to use with my Felt Shape.  I found this pink, cream and gray paper that I liked.  However, you can use your own stamps and colored background or any other paper you like.

This Heart Felt Shape has tiny holes all around the edge of the heart.  I decided these would be  perfect for adding some White Mini Round Paper Fasteners through the holes.  Love the finished look!  Now adhere the heart to the patterned paper, add some Valentine stamped images and a lovely Gingham Ribbon bow to the top of the heart and you have a beautiful and fast card!  Layer to a grey card stock mat and then to a cream card and it's done!

Now it's your turn!  Grab some Hearts Felt Shapes and share your creations with us!

Susan

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentines "Creative Impressions" Way!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, so if you are still in need of some card and gift ideas, Susan has some for you!


Today we have a combination of a darling  pop-up card and some fun treats easy to put together with Creative Impressions Ribbons and Embellishments!

First up, let's make a pop-up Valentine Card.



I used some Valentine paper I had in my stash and cut out the different hearts on the paper.  However, if you don't have paper like this - no problem!  Just grab some pretty paper or create your own backgrounds with paint, inks and stamps and use your favorite die cut machine to cut out some pretty hearts in different sizes.  All you have to do is glue them together and add to a simple center pop-up for the inside of the card.  I adhered a slightly larger pink card stock panel to the card inside for my front and back card.  Here is how this card looked before I added anything else to it:


It is still a lovely card, but does not look at all finished to me.  A stamped sentiment, a piece of scrap designer paper and Creative Impressions Heart Bling to the rescue!


Isn't the difference amazing!  Now it really stands out!  Don't forget to add some Heart Bling to the card front as well!

Now for some little treat bags and a darling decorated lollipop!



These sweet little treat bags feature Creative Impressions Hearts Felt Shapes.  They are already cut for you and are made of high quality felt, perfect to adhere onto the front of these bags!  To create these bags, just cut a strip of card stock 2 3/4" x 9 1/2" and score on the long side at 3 1/2", 4 1/4", 5"and 8 1/2".  Fold on all scored lines.  Fold over the top 1" to the front.  Now take your Heart Felt Shape, adhere it to the front of the bag and add some bling!  Of course every Valentine treat bag needs some candy, so pour some candy in a small cellophane bag (sorry the photo doesn't show it), slip the bag inside the card stock bag and punch two holes at the top through all layers.  Finally, thread some beautiful Organdy Swirl and Red with Black 1/2" Dot Ribbon through the holes and tie a bow!  Easy!

Of course no Valentine lollipop would be complete without some Sheer and Felt Blossoms and Leaves!  All you have to do is layer some of the blossoms together, finishing with a leaf and you're done!  Couldn't be any easier!

I hope this gives you some easy and fun ideas for Valentine's Day!

Susan



Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine "Paper Scrap" cards

Happy February everyone!  Today we are featuring seven of Susan's wonderful Valentine cards made entirely from paper scraps and Creative Impressions Ribbons and Embellishments.  Susan will explain the step-by-steps so that you can see how easy they are to make.  You will also see how incorporating Creative Impressions ribbons and embellishments make these cards "pop".


I'm sure everyone has some beautiful paper scraps at home that they just weren't able to throw away! I had some leftover Graphic 45 paper from Time to Flourish February papers as well as lots of Creative Impressions embellishments!  That's all she needed!  The first card started out like this:


By adding some other pieces from the paper, a tag top and Creative Impressions Double Stitched Gros Grain ribbon, Burgundy Crepe Ribbon and a Burgundy Country Heart to the background, my card went from scraps to this:


Here is start of the second card:
I again pieced the background and added a paper pattern image over the top.


It's pretty, but still a bit boring.  Now you can see the transformation of the card from boring to "bling" with Creative Impressions embellishments.


What a difference!  I added a postage stamp from the paper line as well as a lovely border-punched strip of cream card stock from my stash.   After die-cutting a cream heart, I adhered it over the top of Creative Impressions Single-Stitched Gros Grain Ribbon and placed an Antique Copper Country Heart brad in the center of the heart.

Now for the third card:


I was so caught up making these cards that I forgot to take a photo of the "before" card, however, I'm sure you can imagine what it looked like before I added the lovely Gingham Ribbon and another Antique Copper Country heart.  Now the card really stand out!

By the fourth card I was getting low on background paper scraps.  For this one I decided to create a border directly on the card and placed some cut-aparts and a fussy cut rose bush from the paper collection in the center along with two die-cut cream hearts.


Even though it looks pretty like this, it still needed something.  Ah, I know:


Using a stamp from B Line Designs on a piece of cream card stock scrap along with pieces of the Velvet Shimmer Ribbon attached to the back, now the card "pops"!  That lovely Velvet Shimmer Ribbon adds a lovely bit of bling to the card.

Now I was really low on paper!  What to do for a background?  I have it!  I used Creative Impressions Web Ribbon for a background.  I adhered three strips of the Web side by side on a cream panel using matte medium.  When dry, I trimmed off the excess Web from around the panel.  Here is a photo before I trimmed the panel.


I used another cut-apart from the paper and another cupid envelope popped up with foam tape as well as some red Thin Twine wrapped around the panel and a burgundy Country Heart in the center.


Isn't that a great background!

After making five cards, I wasn't willing to give up just yet!  Here is number six:  This one is really pieced together!


I added two more patterned paper strips to the top and bottom to cover up the missing paper there along with another strip of cream card stock created by using my border punch.  I also took a scrap of burgundy card stock and adhered two postage stamps from the paper along with another tag top from a previous project.  The finishing touch was a beautiful piece of burgundy Crepe Ribbon attached to the top of the tag:



Finally I was down to just a few cut-up pieces, but I was determined to squeeze out one more card!  Here is the main piece I  had to work with.  Am I crazy?


After giving this a LOT of thought, I finally came up with this card.


I backed the postage stamps with scraps of cream and dark brown card stock to match the layer behind the main piece of scrap and added a small die-cut heart and a small butterfly fussy cut from a scrap.  It still didn't "speak" to me until I decided to add some Creative Impressions Light and Dark Silver Pearls in various places along with a Heart Bling in the center of the die-cut heart.  Now I am pleased with it.

Hope you enjoyed the cards.  Now give it a try yourselves!  Pull out those Creative Impressions Ribbons and Embellishments and Make an Impression!

Susan

Monday, January 16, 2017

Here at Creative Impressions we are excited to introduce our 2017 Design Team!  We are so thankful to have had the support and friendship of these two amazing women over the years. Now we are honored and blessed to have these creative gals share their talent and love for the craft industry with us and all of you.  I know they will inspire you with their unique creations using Creative Impressions ribbons and embellishments.

-Janet





Cheryl has been a paper artist for over 17 years.  She loves working with earth tones and finds much of her inspiration from Nature and the Rocky Mountains.  Since 1999 there is not much Cheryl hasn’t done in the craft industry.  She has been a store owner, teacher, demonstrator and has taught techniques to thousands of visitors to the Rocky Mountain region.  Cheryl is a Ranger Certified Educator, has done design work for rubber stamp companies, has had her work published, has  been on the Curiosity Crew and is currently a “Creative Cohort” for Creative Carte Blanche.  She has recently broadened her horizons, launching Rocky Mountain Art Retreats, where artists can come for classes and retreats in a beautiful and peaceful mountain setting.






Susan has been crafting her entire life, although she officially found her true passion for paper arts in 1995.  Shortly thereafter she began teaching and doing demos in stamp and scrapbook stores.  She has worked with and designed for a rubber stamp company for many years, has worked in booths at craft shows, including CHA, has been published in a variety of publications over the years, was a past member of the Curiosity Crew and is currently a “Creative Cohort” for Creative Carte Blanche.